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URBANA – The baseball teams at Urbana and Champaign Central haven't had much problem on offense this spring.
Defense? An entirely different matter.
TUSCOLA – Rick Reinhart, who compiled a 99-77 record in 18 seasons as the coach at Bethalto Civic Memorial, has agreed to become the next football coach at Tuscola, athletic director Ron O'Hearn said this morning. The move must be approved at the next Tuscola school board meeting April 28.
Reinhart, who spent last season coaching at Alton Marquette, is a member of the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame and a native of Tuscola.
NEW CASTLE, Ind. – It's about memories and remembering.
It's about the special moments of today that take less than 24 hours to become part of our glorious past.
MONTICELLO – Last May, Tyler Carter left the state track meet in Charleston with three medals dangling from his neck. The Tuscola star placed in the triple jump (fifth), 110-meter hurdles (sixth) and was a member of the 800 relay team that finished eighth.
Carter's proud of his accomplishments from last year's meet but has set his goals higher for his final high school season.
CHAMPAIGN – Centennial coach Don Waybright had a decision on his hands.
He could leave his top singles players, junior David Ruedi and senior Quinn Miller, apart and let them compete in singles in next month's postseason series. Or, he could put them together to compete in doubles, forsaking the singles route.
TUSCOLA – Stan Wienke started looking for football coaching jobs in Iowa so he could be close to Iowa City and attend his son John's football games when the quarterback suits up for the Hawkeyes in the fall.
On Wednesday, the former Tuscola coach accepted an offer to be the head coach at Waterloo West, where he'll be close enough to see John on Saturdays – but not too close.
DANVILLE – Every morning during the week when most area softball players are sound asleep, Schlarman coach Randy Skaggs is schooling his players on the finer points of the game in a class he calls Softball 101.
"We meet in the mornings at 7:05 in the library," Skaggs said. "What we cover during that time is the rule book, and then we also go over signs that we're going to use during the season. We cover mental situations that we might encounter and then also, probably almost every day, we take a quiz on the information we've learned."
Here are the 15 members of the 76th News-Gazette All-State boys' basketball team, as well as the second team, special mention and honorable mention players:
DECATUR – Jay-Z spits rhymes from the stereo of the decade-old Chevy Cavalier. Lewis Jackson nods to a thumping beat, almost in a state of hypnosis.
Lull him to sleep and he could still find his way home in this city. He knows these streets, crowded by more kids than cars as students exit Eisenhower High School, like the back of the left hand he rests atop the steering wheel.
ARTHUR – Arthur sprinter Stacie McMillan helped lead the Knights to a second-place team finish Friday at the 12-team Arthur Invitational.
McMillan anchored the winning 400-meter relay team (53.3 seconds) that beat second-place Neoga by more than three seconds (56.7).